Can you forgive and forget?

May 18, 2013 12:37 pm

“I can forgive, but I cannot forget,’ is only another way of saying, “I cannot forgive.” The issue of forgiveness is so serious and essential that the Lord had to return it again after giving His disciples the pattern to follow while praying. There is no special condition given on whom to forgive and whom not to forgive. We are expected to forgive everybody, and unconditionally too. Again in Matthew 19:21, when Peter asked, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” he received a reply that makes it point clear that there is no limit to which we can forgive. Furthermore, when we pray, “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors”, we are holding ourselves bound if we fail to forgive. We are actually saying that God should book our own debts against us if we fail to forgive. Hence, praying without forgiving is pronouncing judgment against ourselves. Are you counting any wrong against any person now, kindly forgive and free yourself. – By Jokpeme Joseph Omode

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